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Bacon Parmesan Spaghetti with Asparagus, Corn and Tomatoes

When I saw this recipe on Picky Palate, I had to save it for a later date. It looks simple and delicious. We have a plethora of tomatoes to use, too, so it was high on my “to make” list.

I altered the recipe a little bit. I didn’t have fresh corn on the cob, so I used canned corn.

I also didn’t have fresh asparagus, but I had a can of asparagus spears I used instead. The bacon was already made, so that made the recipe even easier.

 

 

Bacon Parmesan Spaghetti with Asparagus, Corn and Heirloom Tomatoes

1 pound bacon

3 cups baby heirloom tomatoes

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound thin spaghetti noodles

1 cup finely diced white onion

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels

2 1/2 cups asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cook bacon in large Dutch oven or pot until crisped and brown. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain oil. Once cooled, crumble into small pieces. Reserve bacon drippings. Place heirloom tomatoes onto a medium baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until juices start flowing and skin splits.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.

4. Place 2 tablespoons bacon drippings into a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook stirring until tender, about 5 minutes. Add corn and asparagus, cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, bacon, tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese. Toss gently. Drizzle in 2 additional tablespoons of bacon drippings. Season according to your liking with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings

 

It’s a little higher in calories than I’d normally like in a recipe but that is because of the pasta. It makes me less likely to eat the leftovers for lunch (which is my preference) and instead eat it as a second dinner another night of the week.


I started by roasting my little tomatoes in the oven. Instead of olive oil I used Grapeseed Oil. I seasoned them with salt and pepper and put in them in the oven for about 20 minutes.


They were clearly done:


While the tomatoes were roasting, I chopped up the onions and Michael cooked them in the skillet with the corn and asparagus. We realized immediately that fresh asparagus would have been MUCH better. The canned was kind of gross and disintegrated almost immediately in the skillet.


The pasta was done. We used a mixture of whole wheat spaghetti noodles and whole wheat fettuccine noodles because we didn’t have enough of either. 🙂


I topped the pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese and used a little bit of the oil from the roasted tomatoes to mix into the pasta.


The verdict: I loved the dish. The bacon and tomatoes were excellent together and the corn added a little bit of sweetness to it that was nice. The flavors all worked well together. I was unhappy with the asparagus, but that was my fault using canned.


I would definitely make this dish again if I had a lot of guests over. It makes a lot of food that is filling. Since Michael and I don’t eat a lot of pasta anymore we’re not likely to make it for ourselves much. I’d also use a little more bacon too. This recipe could be altered in lots of creative ways–simply using whatever veggies you have on hand would work well. This would be a great dish to carb-load on the day before a race!

QUESTION:  What’s your favorite pasta dish?

Sunday's Sweet Swim

This morning, I smelled bacon. Ah yes, the wonderful aroma of bacon cooking! This is what I saw when I got up:

Mmmm. Bacon. Michael scrambled some eggs, fried up some bacon and we split a Bagel Thin with cream cheese for breakfast.

Breakfast

It was wonderful! While we ate breakfast, we watched some old footage of Tour de France–2001 to be exact. The Versus channel has been showing past year’s of the Tour in preparation of this year’s Tour de France. It’s pretty exciting to watch! Not only is the scenery absolutely gorgeous (who doesn’t want to visit the French Pyranees??), it’s awesome to watch professional athletes who are good at what they do. I am beyond impressed (and humbled) watching them climb 13 miles up a humongous mountain.

Lance Armstrong, in Sports Illustrated

Here’s a great picture of Lance Armstrong giving his competition the evil eye right before he beats him!

After breakfast, I headed to the pool. I swam 1.5 miles today. Usually I do about 1.25 miles or a little less. I did the 1.5 miles in 53 minutes.
108 lengths/54 laps = 1.5 miles in the pool.

I usually don’t get tired when I swim, I just do my routine and stop swimming because of boredom. Don’t get me wrong, I love swimming but sometimes my mind starts to wander and I make lists in my head of all the things I need to do! Today, I did a mixture of freestyle, breaststroke, freestyle with hand paddles and buoy, kickboard and backstroke. I’m happy with my workout and the time impressed me! I wasn’t really watching the clock and expected a mile and a half would take me a lot longer.

Michael made himself a BLT on the last of our Dave’s Killer Bread. (I think he could eat bacon at every meal. 🙂 ) I made the last of our Spinach and Cheese Ravioli from Costco and melted a little butter on it.

I also made myself a salad:

-Red leaf lettuce

-Green leaf lettuce

-Cauliflower

-Brocolli

-Leftover beef from fajitas (it was a great addition!)

I’ve had the munchies all day and haven’t felt satisfied with anything I’ve eaten. I have no idea where this hunger is coming from.

In other news, I’m cheating on Nike. I bought a pair of Asics running shoes today. I am in desperate need of new running shoes and I didn’t feel like driving an hour round trip to the Nike Outlet today. I went over to the nearby sports store and none of the Nike shoes I tried there felt great. I picked up a pair of Asics and thought, “Why not?” I tried them and holy cow! It felt great! I am skeptical because that pair of Adidas I bought really burned me. Those Adidas hurt my feet and my legs and were a horrible experience. One I wish not to repeat with these Asics.

QUESTION: What running shoes do you wear? Have you tried other kinds? What was the verdict?